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BULL MARKET, BULL SHEET By Wilson Lee FloresMonday, April 7, 2008
Government’s view of the econ-omy could be summed up in a fewshort phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. Andif it stops moving, subsidize it. — Ronald ReaganWe can achieve faster than seven percent economic growth this year.Instead of just cursing the mon-strous political corruption, we, thesilent majority of decent, optimisticand civic-minded citizens, should be proactive, push reforms to transformour society and save it from our many depraved politicians. I urgethe following workable reforms, sothat we can ensure faster Philippineeconomic growth in these times of global uncertainty:
• Force open the half-billion-dollar
NAIA 3 airport. What in the world iswrong with our imbecile politiciansand bureaucrats that they cannotforce open immediately and withoutany more delays that German-builtand most modern NAIA 3 airport? Isuggest President GMA appoint her foe, Senator Ping Lacson, or DavaoCity Mayor Duterte, or Senator Dick Gordon, or Metro Manila De-velopment Authority chief Bayani
Fernando, to use iron-st tactics to
forcefully kick open and kickstart
The government has nobusiness being in business
that new airport immediately — noexcuses, no alibis!
• Tax-exempt all teachers andoverseas Filipino workers. Not only
is teaching the noblest professionon earth, teachers in the Philippinesare also so unfairly overworked,under-trained and underpaid — oneof the reasons why our educationalsystem is a shambles. Let us exemptall teachers from taxes, not only tosupport them economically, but also
to honor them. The millions of over
seas Filipino workers (OFWs) who
support the Philippine economyshould also be exempt from all kinds
of income taxes. They should be
granted special tax incentives, too,if they remit foreign exchange for new business ventures here.
• Enforce the law equally, and give
the death penalty to corrupt VIPsand the Abu Sayyaf. We still havethe death penalty in our legal sys-tem. Let us swiftly put to death allcorrupt big-time politicians, gener-als and the Abu Sayyaf bandits whoare insufferable, disgusting pests inPhilippine society. Let us enforce
the law equally to all or none at all;let us punish the big sh so there
will be more order and disciplinenationwide!
• Dismantle all squatter families
and relocate them to rural farms.Government should relocate all
urban squatter families from their
wretched, subhuman and unhealthyliving conditions, then transportthem en masse to the rural provincesso they can till the vast arable lands
there. The millions of urban slum
dwellers in Metro Manila are an in-dictment of the disastrous failure of the national government to deliver social justice, decent livelihoods and
the promise of democracy. Squatters
in our cities cause economic, social,health, moral and other problems.
We must boldly solve the squatter
• Lease idle land and use jail con
-victs as forced labor for farms. Withor without land reform, I urge thegovernment and Congress to enactspecial legislation for the state toforcibly take over idle lands in our provinces, pay leases to their own-ers, then mobilize all jail convictsto till those lands for rice and other
crops (along with the relocated mil
lions of urban squatters)! There is no
logical reason why the Philippinescannot feed its people with our vastarable lands nationwide!
• Declare martial law on MetroManila trafc. Impose martial law in
the chaotic streets of Metro Manilaand enforce draconian discipline,so we can save our economy bil-lions every year in lost productivityand time, and save billions more inimported fuel costs by unclogging
our notoriously frustrating trafc
• Transfer Malacañang Palace and
Congress outside Metro Manila.
If government could sacrice theFort Bonifacio military camp in
the name of economic progress by giving way to urban renewal in
The Fort, with its high-rise ofces,
commercial and residential projects,why doesn’t government move out
of overcrowded Malacañang Palace
in Manila’s San Miguel district to anewer, bigger city somewhere near Clark in the north or Laguna in the
south? Lease out Malacañang Pal
-ace to SM Group or Robinsons as anew museum/mall complex. Also,move the Senate from Pasay andthe House of Representatives fromQuezon City so that we can createa new government center like Ma-laysia’s Putrajaya project or Brazil’s
Brasilia. This will stimulate mega-
investments, massive urban renewalof old parts of the metropolis anddecongest Metro Manila.
• Invest in vital infrastructure, not
waste. Instead of wasting taxpayers’money, foreign loans or officialdevelopment assistance on hare- brained schemes like a so-called National Broadband Network or
Cyber Education, or wasting money
on basketball courts, waiting sheds,grand municipal halls, frivolous
new government ofces or subsidiz
ing beauty contests and estas, the
government should invest more innew highways, public schools, pub-lic libraries, rural health centers, bet-ter airports, bigger seaports, damsand other vital infrastructure!
• Reallocate billions of rice importfunds to support Filipino farmers.
Instead of our Philippine govern-ment spending so many billionsevery year subsidizing Vietnamese
and Thai farmers by buying their
rice at high prices and selling themcheaply to the Philippines, why notuse this massive, multi-billion peso budget for importing rice to instead
subsidize and support Filipino rice
and other farmers to modernize their farms? Also, whatever happened tothe government’s so-called fertilizer funds for farmers?Why is the government so stub- born in its non-stop importation of foreign rice —in effect subsidizing
Viet/Thai farmers? Then, if there
are rice-supply problems like whatwe might be confronting soon, the politicians blame the usual favorite
scapegoats of rice hoarders. There
should be no reason for anyone tohoard rice if there is no shortageor perceived threat of a rice short-age, because if the Philippines istruly overflowing with abundantrice supplies, hoarders would go bankrupt because any oversupplyof rice would bring prices crashingdown and would impoverish anywould-be hoarders!
• Privatize NFA, MMFF, andPAGCOR. The government must
focus only on upholding peace andorder, enforcing laws, collectingtaxes and delivering basic social
services. The government should
not be in the rice-import business
through the National Food Au
-thority, or mess up show businessthrough the mismanaged Metro
Manila Film Festival. Government
should also bid out all casino opera-tions to major investors, similar tothe Singapore or Macau systems.
The government has no business
being in business!
“Any man who is under 30, and is not aliberal, has not heart; and any man who isover 30, and is not a conservative, has nobrains.”- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)